People hit the road Memorial Day Weekend

By Amanda Hanson - bio | email feedback

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For many people Memorial Day Weekend is the first time for them to hit the lake, and fire up the grill, and some people didn't want to wait anytime getting on the road. Bonita Rainy made her way to Jonesboro from St. Louis to drop off her son's car, and says the cost to fill up the gas tank hasn't stopped people from hitting on the road this Memorial Day weekend.

"The roads are busy coming from St. Louis here. even in the middle of the day. I think they're already kind of getting on the road now," said Rainey.

Even with the average gas price at $3.91 per gallon nationally, Triple-A estimates around 35 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, and will sacrifice in other areas to make up for the cost to fill-up. As for Mary Torres, she thinks more people will forfeit the lake and try to explore options closer to home.

"Maybe because of the gas prices a lot people will be staying in town, Crowley Ridge going to things that Jonesboro has to offer,: said Torres.

But to get the most out of your mileage, try this:

-take advantage of the cruise control.

-and keep the junk out of the trunk, 100 extra pounds can decrease you gas mileage by nearly 2 percent, according to an article from MSNBC.

-if you decide to stop for food, opt. Out of the drive thru, and go inside.

And if you travel by car, make sure you play it safe. "The law's going to be out their click it or ticket," said Steven Honeycutt.

And if you party too hard never get behind the wheel. Officers have set up sobriety check points all across the state.

"We want them to have a safe time and a fun time, and those that want to do otherwise, then we'll have to take them off the road," said Sergeant Max Thompson with the Arkansas State Police. He says as far as man power goes, all hands are on deck.

"We have access to federal overtime money for DWI enforcement and seat belt enforcement and we're using some of that federal overtime tonight so officers that maybe worked today, can come out and work tonight," said Thompson.

Sergeant Thompson says those the don't play by the rules will face the consequences. So enjoy your weekend but be smart, and keep it safe.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved.